Kerala known as 'God's Own Country' is probably one of the greenest places you will ever see. Kerala is located on the south western tip of India with the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats towering 500 - 2700 m on the east. Kerala enjoys unique geographic features that have made it one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the world. Realizing this, the National Geographic Society declared Kerala as a Paradise destination and one of the 'must see destinations' for a complete traveller.
Origin of Kerala
The origin of the name Kerala is often disputed. The theory most often advanced is that it comes from "kera" (coconut tree) and "Alam" (land or location). Keralites, the occupants of Kerala, refer to the place as Keralam. Possibly, the name comes from chera alam (the land of the cheras) or cher alam (a swamp) (land reclaimed from the sea).
Culture of Kerala
Among the people who have enriched Indian Cultural Heritage and helped the cause of national integration, the people of the Kerala region of South India have a place of honour. Kerala culture is in fact, an integral part of Indian culture. Kerala like the Indian sub continent can claim to have a culture the history of which runs into the dim recesses of antiquity.
Climate in Kerala
Kerala shows diversity in its climatic conditions due to the variety in its geographical features. Kerala experiences pleasant weather throughout the year. It is a paradise for tourists. If you were thinking about the ideal time to visit Kerala, then the best time to visit Kerala would be in the months of October to March. These months are usually the peak season for Kerala visit.
Festivals of Kerala
Every season turns up new festivals, each a true celebration of the bounties of nature. The festivals exhibit an eternal harmony of spirit. Packed with fun and excitement, festivals are occasions to clean and decorate houses, to get together with friends and relatives and to exchange gifts. The important fairs and festivals in the state are Onam Festival, Thrissur Pooram, Aranmula Uthrittathi, Thiruvathira Festival, Makaravillakku at Sabarimala, Idul-Fitr, Vishu
The Kerala is known as the "land of Spices". Even the Kerala cuisine is known for its spicy and hot foods. Traditionally, in Kerala food is served on a banana leaf. Kerala Foods One has to take food with right hand. Almost every dish prepared in Kerala has coconut and spices to flavour the local cuisine giving it a sharp pungency that is heightened with the use of tamarind, while coconut gives it its richness, absorbing some of the tongue-teasing, pepper-hot flavours. Tender coconut water is a refreshing nutritious thirst quencher. The crunchy papadam, banana and jackfruit chips can give french-fries a run for their money any day.
Kerala cuisine is a combination of Vegetables, meats and seafood flavoured with a variety of spices. Seafood's are main diet of Coastal Kerala. Whereas Vegetable is the main diet in plains of Kerala and Meat is the main course among tribal and northern Kerala.